Philly startup connects political soulmates during DNC
Twine and Trumpsingles.com are helping connect people with similar political views.
Love and politics have one thing in common — they’re complicated — which is why a startup company wants to help integrate the two as seamlessly as possible.
Twine, founded by Wharton MBAs Joseph Quan and Nikhil Srivastava, wants to connect users to their "political soulmate" during theDemocratic National Conventionthrough a survey of questions, according to Technically Philly.
A sample question on the survey asks, “What’s the issue you’re most passionate about this election season?”
The startup usually sells its software platform to companies and institutions to facilitate office networking and drive employee productivity, but the co-founders found another use for their product on the political battlefield inspired by Airbnb’s 2008 DNC publicity stunt.
Airbnb took advantage of the shortage of hotel rooms in Denver when it was a mere startup and made a name for itself when it swooped in to house homeless politicians and DNC attendees.
Quan says matching people based on their political views won’t be Twine’s ultimate platform, but it’s a good use for the Democratic National Convention. He hopes the survey questions help facilitate more intellectual connections between people.
“We want people to have real substantive conversations about this especially if they’re already aligned mentally or politically or even if they’re opposes politically, we just thought that it’d be an interesting experiment,” Quan told Technically Philly.
Twine isn’t the only political dating platform available.
In May David Goss launched Trumpsingles.com, a dating website created exclusively for Donald Trump fans.
Goss told Time he believes Trump supporters are more scrutinized than everybody else and are demonized for their political beliefs. The purpose of the site is to show Trump fans that there are other singles looking for love who also share the same politics.
People who support Trump are automatically more compatible, according to Goss.
“If you take someone who’s all for Hillary who shares her values and you put them with someone that’s all for Trump with his values, it’s not going to work out,” Goss said. “You’re going to enjoy each others’ company more when you agree on things as opposed to constantly battling over whether we need stronger gun control or not.”